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Weeping For the Hurting

"Jesus wept..." -John 11:35 I found out this morning that a couple who belong to my church lost their son in an untimely death. I can't imagine their pain or their loss and what they will be facing in the coming days. I only pray God's Spirit will remind them moment-by-moment of God's steadfast love for them …

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Israel – Chosen by God Forever

"Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God, and David their king; and shall fear the LORD and his goodness in the latter days." - Hosea 3:5 Afterward... in the latter days. God's promise concerning Isreal is yet to be completely fulfilled, but certainly will be someday. When? …

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Israel – Waiting on God’s Purpose

"For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without teraphim:" -Hosea 3:4Hosea speaks prophetically of a time when Israel would spend a long period of time without a king, a prince, or a …

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Israel – God’s Covenant People

"And I said unto her, Thou shalt abide for me many days; thou shalt not play the harlot, and thou shalt not be for another man: so will I also be for thee." -Hosea 3:3Scholars debate the construction of this verse, but it is clear that a covenant, a marital vow is being renewed. God has not only loved Israel …

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Israel – Purchased by God

"So I bought her to me for fifteen pieces of silver, and for an homer of barley, and an half homer of barley:..." -Hosea 3:2Imagine the scene. A slave block is in the center of the marketplace where dirty, naked, abused and neglected slaves are put on display before the bidders. One after another their prices …

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Israel – Beloved of God

"Then said the Lord unto me, Go yet, love a woman beloved of her friend, yet an adulteress, according to the love of the Lord toward the children of Israel, who look to other gods, and love flagons of wine (raisin cakes for Baal worship)." -Hosea 3:1It takes a special affection and an unbelievably deep love to …

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The Actions of Paul in Acts

Most men love "action" movies. I remember my Dad sitting in the recliner watching old Westerns (i.e. - primitive action movies) and counting the bullets coming out of the guns. He shouted with glee when he caught seven bullets coming out of the six-shooter. There's something about action that thrills us. …

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It’s High Time

What a great day! We saw our highest Sunday School attendance since April and enjoyed a wonderful day with Bro. Grady Higgs. The morning message was especially impactful to me personally. There are times when the Pastor needs to hear some bold preaching and it was "high time" for me as Bro. Grady expounded …

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The Priorities of Ministry

There will never be enough time to do it all. The best we can hope for is not to get a lot of tasks completed in our busy schedules, rather it is that we complete the right tasks. My own ministry is often driven by what I term "paperwork" including bulletins, newsletters, web site design, and other such odd …

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Is the Battle for the Bible Over?

A well-known Christian apologetics ministry denies the accuracy of the biblical genealogies to support an old-earth view. America's most well-known evangelist and spiritual mentor alleges in a Newsweek article that "I'm not a literalist in the sense that every single jot and tittle is from the Lord..." A leader …

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